Unless you've missed that whole thing about four men accusing hip-hop pioneer and legend Afrika Bambaataa of molestation, then you know that things are messy as is in the Zulu Nation. But apparently it wasn't messy enough. KRS One, the legendary “Sound of Da Police” rapper and long-time friend of Bambaataa, recently had a lot to say about the very serious sexual abuse allegations being thrown Bam's way. Appearing on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s Drink Champs podcast, he said how he thinks the hip-hop community should respond.
“For me if you keep it hip-hop, nothing can be taken away from Afrika Bambaataa,” KRS-One began. “Nothing. Just keep it hip-hop. But if you want to dig into dude’s personal life and accusations that’s being made and so on… Personally — me personally – I don’t give a f*ck," he continued. "Personally. Look, if somebody was harmed or whatever was done, y’all deal with that s*it. Deal with it. That don’t stop hip-hop. That don’t stop what you did for hip-hop. It don’t take away none of it. History is history. But deal with that. That’s personal.”
Explaining that he's had to deal with questionable people his entire life, KRS One says it’s not right to pick and choose which facets of someone's life offends us.
“Even if you knew the facts," KRS One contested. "A person like me, I deal with dudes that are questionable all the time. Not just if the accusation is rape. I know dudes that are doing-- You know what I’m saying? If you know anybody from prison, if you know anybody from the shelter... If you live really in the hood, you know shooters. You know dudes running from the cops," he continued. "You know your man might have an open warrant on him right now! I’m not judging these motherf*ckers, man! That’s my n—a right here, yo. That’s it. Now what you do and your crime, and your s*it and your bulls*it, whatever you’re doing-- that’s on you. That’s you, my G. That’s how I always dealt with it. I can’t pick and choose.”
It's one thing to say that the allegations won't tarnish his musical legacy... it's another thing to say that his molestation accusations doesn't affect you, and therefore, you don't care. What about the community? That's not hip-hop.
Listen to the segment in full below.